Hi. How are you? Happy September. Sorry, it’s been a while, but I want to get this thing going again.
This past weekend, while stopping in to grab a drink at a Starbucks in Baltimore, my son Charlie met a little boy named Raheem. Raheem came in with his mother who was covered head to toe, only revealing her eyes. Instantly, I saw how different we were from Raheem and his mother. Our race, our religion, our backgrounds were so far removed…
But Charlie saw Raheem and nothing else.
He saw him purely and within two minutes of meeting they were dancing together right in the middle of a busy Starbucks. Charlie called him friend because Charlie doesn’t see race or religion or background… No walls, no barriers. He just sees Raheem.
And there I sat watching in awe as my 22-month-old son reminded me that all of my judgements and pre-conceived notions prevent me from seeing all people the way I used to… as friend.
Here’s to being more open to the “other.” And here’s to a life where everyone in your world doesn’t look and sound exactly like you.